History. It’s just a bunch of boring stuff that no one cares about and is typically highly biased anyway, right? While that’s not entirely untrue, there are plenty of events that we should care about or at least try to learn something from. How does that saying go? “If I have to repeat myself one more time, you’re grounded!” That’s not quite right, but you get the idea. July 5th has some hidden gems that many people may not be aware of. Here is your chance to learn about them.
In 1921, the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the World Series – The Black Sox Scandal. All in all, eight players from the White Sox were indicted for intentionally losing the series. Rumors about the scandal abounded. Some claimed that first baseman Arnold “Chick” Gandil, who had ties to crime bosses, orchestrated it to win big on a gambling bet with his cohorts. Others claimed that the team was protesting their poor recompense from the stingy club owner Charles Comiskey. All eight players were eventually acquitted, but banned from playing professional baseball for life. Perhaps they could have used a storage unit to house the baseball equipment they would never use again. Lesson learned here: don’t intentionally lose.
The bikini swimsuit was introduced by French designer Louis Reard on this day in 1946. Although art dating as far back as 286 AD displays women in what look to be bikinis, Reard gets the credit for this marvelous fashion trend. No longer were women imprisoned in unflattering full body suits with sleeves. They were now free to display arms, legs, and bellybuttons, through this provocative swimwear. What happened to all the old suits? Beach fashionistas could have placed their outdated swimwear in self storage to await the time these would come back in style. Our takeaway: People will wear anything once they’re convinced it’s cool.
The 26th Amendment became a part of the Constitution in 1971. This one in particular defined an adult citizen to most as the voting age was lowered to 18. However just because you may be deemed old enough to chose the next leader of the free world and serve your country, you still aren’t old enough to drink alcohol legally. Don’t drink and vote! Note: alcohol is flammable. Don’t put it in storage.
Our final history lesson takes us to a more recent time: 1996. What unrelated piece of history could have happened then? Dolly the sheep was the first mammal cloned, and we can thank the Roslin Institute of Scotland for cloning her. Funny thing about Dolly, she was cloned from a mammary cell of her “mother”. Because of this she was named after Dolly Parton – I’m sure you can make the connection there. Her original name was 6LL3, which is nowhere as fun to say as Dolly. Dolly the sheep was stored/lived in the Institute for six years until her death on February 14, 2003. Here we learn that man can do anything he sets his mind on.
Our biggest lesson today (hopefully) is that history can be fun. Who knows what historical treasures can be found in storage units across the country and the world. Imagine what kinds of lessons we can learn from them. Even if they are locked up forever, though, we have plenty of history to learn from. If we can’t learn and grow from our past, we might as well be cloned sheep.